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Ekiti 2014: US Group Urges PDP To Drop Aspirants Facing Corruption Trial



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A United States of America (USA) based group, Justice For All Nations

(JFAN) has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to proof

wrong, the US State Department’s 2013 Annual Report on Nigeria, which

accused the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government of

frustrating anti-corruption efforts in the country by making sure that

anyone standing corruption trials is not cleared to contest the June

21, 2014 Ekiti State governorship election and subsequent elections.


The group said in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Dr. Dada

Popoola, that allowing the likes of former governor, Ayodele Fayose

who is facing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

prosecution for allegedly withdrawing N855 million from the state

government’s account on the pretext of establishing an integrated

poultry farm in the state and former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s

Personal Assistant, Mr Bodunde Adeyanju, who is standing trial before

an Abuja High Court on the Halliburton scandal to contest the PDP

governorship primary in Ekiti State will show where the party belongs

in terms of anti-corruption.


JFAN said; “allowing the duo of Fayose and Adeyanju to contest the PDP

primary will amount to lending credence to the US State Department

report, which accused the Federal Government of frustrating the EFCC

anti-corruption efforts. That they were even allowed to obtain the

party’s nomination form is an insult on Nigerians.”


The group, which called on President Jonathan to come with clean hands

on corruption in the country, added that; “You cannot claim that you

are fighting corruption while your party keeps promoting people that

are being tried for corruption.”


We are following events on the Ekiti State governorship election

because Fayose and Adeyanju are being prosecuted by the EFCC for

alleged fraud, and the two of them are contesting the PDP governorship

ticket for Ekiti State.


We in JFAN are waiting to see whether or not the party will further

demonstrate to the whole world that it is indeed frustrating

anti-corruption efforts in the country as claimed by the United States



We also not unmindful of the fact that there could be argument that

Fayose and Adeyanju have not been convicted in a law court, but we are

more concerned about the morality of a man standing trial for fraud

becoming governor, thereby stalling the fraud case because he will

have immunity against criminal trials for four years.


Will the PDP led federal government prove the US State Department

wrong by shutting its doors against those standing corruption trial,

and wait until they are exonerated of their corruption charges before

presenting them as the party candidates? Nigerians and the whole world

is watching.

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